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CPCB-led task force requests SC to shut down hotspot industrial areas in national capital

CPCB-led task force requests SC to shut down hotspot industrial areas in national capital: New Delhi: Central Pollution Control Board-led task force on Monday suggested shutting down of factories situated in hotspot industrial areas. Central Pollution Control Board also recommended putting a ban on the construction activities in the national capital till the Wednesday. All these restrictions are put due to sever air pollution in Delhi.

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Since Diwali, the condition of air has deteriorated over the national capital. The air quality is continuously severe for the third day on Monday. The condition will remain stern as wind speed and metrological factors are not in the favor for dispersion of pollutants.

The government has asked the citizens to reduce commuting through private vehicles and has emphasized to minimize the outdoor activities.

The selected hotspot industrial areas are Wazirpur, Mundka, Narela, Bawana, Sahibabad and Faridabad. The Central Pollution Control Board has asked the Supreme Court- appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority to shut down these hotspots. The CPCB has also requested to put a ban on construction works in Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and as well as national capital.

The Central Pollution Control Board has also said to the traffic police to set up special teams to make sure that there is even vehicular movement in heavy crowded areas of Delhi.

“Police department concerned to strictly ensure that non-destined heavy duty vehicles travel through eastern and western peripheral expressways. Agencies concerned to ensure strict action against illegal industries,” the Central Pollution Control Board-led task force said.

The Central Pollution Control Board-led task force has also recommended that the government should increase actions to put measures into effect to control emissions from vehicles.

The agencies are recommended to increase observation to track the industrial waste dumping in the hotspot industrial areas. The CPCB-led task force has requested people to avoid using private diesel vehicles and reduce the outdoor activities.

The AQI of Noida recorded was 464 which is considered the worst in AQI.

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) has said that the air quality will improve till Tuesday. IITM said, “The wind speed and ventilation index are highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants.”